Help us count EVs from coast to coast on Independence Day
06.06.2019 - by Noah Barnes
Help us count EVs from coast to coast on Independence Day

Celebrate your freedom from oil this Independence Day! Plug In America is organizing the first annual Independence Day EV Count. Inspired by the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, we invite you, EV drivers and supporters, to get out into your neighborhood and count how many EVs you see.

How it works:

  1. On the 4th of July, go for a walk in your neighborhood and count how many all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles you see, compared to the total number of cars you see. We recommend counting 100 total cars if you can, but feel free to count as many or as few as you like! Reference our Electric Vehicle Guide to see the EVs currently available.
  2. Visit this page and fill out a short form to indicate the total number of cars counted and, of those, how many were all-electric vehicles and how many were plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  3. We will then report back to you the results of the count, including breakdowns by state.

While this isn’t a scientific study, it’s a fun opportunity to count how many of your neighbors are driving electric. And we plan to continue this project in future years on Independence Day, so we can see, over time, the growth of EVs across the nation!

Be sure to sign up for Plug In America’s newsletter in the blue box on this page for updates on this project.

17 comments on “Help us count EVs from coast to coast on Independence Day”
  1. Steve says:

    It’s an interesting curiosity but I’m not sure July 4 is the best day. I counted about 260 total cars but the area is packed due to a festival a block down the street which added greatly to the total car count. Meanwhile, all the BEVs I counted were in neighbors’ driveways (not transient) and some I know are in the neighborhood like the neighbor with a pair of Teslas were out of town for the long weekend so the BEV percentage was far lower than the actual neighborhood percentage. I know that there are at least 8 BEVs (and probably more) within a one block radius in my neighborhood.

    It might be interesting for people to check their work parking lots mid-week in the fall when people are less likely to be on vacation.

  2. Charles says:

    I’m going to participate in the count…
    But with a little different twist,
    I’m an EV driver, & a mailman in Orange County , So.Cal..
    I’m going to count cars ( EV’s & hybrid,fuel cell, etc.) and see just
    how green my neighborhood is…. Love to challenge other service
    workers to do the same !!

  3. Marty Morrise says:

    This is great! I actually count every day on my way to work. I drive in the carpool lane on the 405 south to Newport Beach, CA. I loose count at 120. But now I have a reason to get more of an accurate number while having fun. I will start off with my 3 EV’s at home and drive around my neighborhood.

    Fun Fact: When my husband and I moved to our new house 3 years ago there was no EV’s in our community. After spreading the word we now have about 10 EV’s, love it!

  4. Lew George says:

    Joe Dubaniewicz: Georgia’s AFV (Alternate Fuel Vehicle) tags used to begin with AF, but then tags for the Atlanta Falcons took them away. Now just a designed AFV tag with alpha numerical numbers.

  5. Moises F Izurieta says:

    Hi, maybe we can have a sign that will ask drivers to flash their lights if they are driving an ev or hybrid vehicle so we can count them, that will be a good interaction with drivers.

  6. steve dunning says:

    I routinely walk my dog around the neighborhood and I know from observation there are no EV’s that I have spotted, however, when driving around town I usually see a few every day.

  7. David Margiott says:

    Thanks, I’ll give it a try. I live in Bend, Oregon and we normally walk 5-6 miles that day to town and back.

  8. Joe Dubaniewicz says:

    Sounds like a fun idea. However, EVs are hard to spot because they look like other cars unless you get real close. Some states (like IL) have EV on the license plates. Do you know of other states that do the same?

  9. Paul Reno says:

    In Oregon, there is a category ELECTRIC for fuel type. I requested that information from DMV in Oregon and was sent to a generic site that had no categorization of the actual registrations. I’ll try harder by perhaps phoning or going to a local office.

    1. Noah Barnes says:

      Thank you for your efforts, Paul! Data on EV registrations is available, but for this project, we’re more interested in having some fun and seeing how many plug-in vehicles drivers like you can count in their neighborhoods, parking lots and more. And, hopefully, we’ll see those numbers continue to increase in future years!

  10. Paul Reno says:

    The Christmas Bird Count encourages participants to slosh through marshes, forests, city parks, sandy beaches, etc., thereby covering a lot of ground. How extensive do you visualize our search area? Walking distance? Driving around peering in Mall parking lots? Combing Forth of July celebrations? We’ll need an EV-“Bird Book”, too, and your visual list of EVs is a good starting point.
    Count me in!

    1. Noah Barnes says:

      Hi Paul, we recommend that you count approximately 100 total cars and record how many of those are all-electric and plug-in hybrids. Depending on where you live, 100 cars may be within a block or two or may be much further, so feel free to count as many or as few as you can, but report back the total number of EVs compared to total cars. Thank you for participating!

  11. Kathi Cooley says:

    We could put some kind of sign out on our front yards a few days before to alert people that we want to count their EVs and to leave them out or otherwise let us know they’re there. Maybe spark some great conversations while we’re at it!

  12. James Bobis says:

    My MiEV in its 6th year and has 72,000 miles and I have not an degradationon my 76 mile range on the Lithium batteries

  13. Sharon Geiken says:

    Can’t you go by the number of Ev registered cars there are
    That would be a lot more accurate

    1. Noah Barnes says:

      Hi Sharon, you’re correct that EV registrations is a more accurate count. This project isn’t intended to be a scientific study, but it is more of a fun opportunity for EV drivers to see how many EVs they can spot in their neighborhood and (hopefully) see that number increase in future years!

  14. KP says:

    EVs will be under-counted as EV’s more likely to be garaged for charging, but interesting idea anyway

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *